Saturday, July 28, 2012

How prepared are you?

from the Shelf Reliance website

Unexpected events arise in everyone's life. From small surprises to huge problems, the best way to handle any situation is preparedness. This checklist will tell you just how prepared you really are. Answer Yes or No to the following questions:

I have established an emergency plan that my whole family knows about.

My family has an evacuation meeting place in the neighborhood.

My family has an evacuation meeting place outside the neighborhood.

I know my community's evacuation plan.

I know where to go if my city sirens go off.

Emergency numbers are posted by my phone.

I know how to turn off my electricity, gas, and water.

I have a flashlight by the breaker panel.

I have smoke detectors with charged batteries on each level of my home.

I have a 72-hour kit for each member of my family.

I have a fire extinguisher and I know how to use it.

I have adequate insurance coverage (home, life, fire, earthquake, ect).

I have adequate emergency supplies stored in the areas I spend most of my time (eg. car, work, home).

My chimney, flue pipes, vent connectors, and gas vents are clean with any damages repaired.

My water heater, large appliances, and shelves are secured.

My larger, heavy objects are found on the lower shelves.

Wall hangings and overhead lights are secured.

I know First Aid and have had CPR training.

I have an adequate First Aid Kit.

I have adequate food storage for my family for three months.

I can clearly see the expiration date on my labels.

I eat what I store and I store what I eat.

I feel comfortable with cooking food storage and have access to recipes.

I use something from my food storage at least twice a week.

I keep my food storage in an area that has a temperature below 70 degrees and has below 10% humidity.

I keep my food storage in opaque, airtight containers.

I have enough water for my family to last one week.

I have the necessary non-food items with my food storage (such as medicine and toiletries)

I have a garden where I grow fresh fruits and vegetables.

I know where the emergency exits are at work.

I know what my work's evacuation plan is.

I have an emergency cash fund.

I put more gas in my car when it at 1/2 a tank.

If you have children

My child(ren) know where the emergency exits are at school.

Both me and my child(ren) know what the school's evacuation plan is.

My child(ren) knows when and how to contact 911.

My child(ren) knows where the fire extinguisher is and how to use it.


How did you do? If you answered NO to any of the questions, work on turning them into a YES. E-mail us if there is something we can help you with, that is what we are here for.